Georges News Letter June 2014


June was a very busy month on our field at Maythorne. We began with our record status Open FITA Star Tournament, organised by Club Treasurer, Linda Telford. 101 archers came to this high-status event, and had the benefit of a fine day,which made for good results. Club member Simon Frogatt won the Senior Compound event by a margin of 58 points, and with Lee Waterfield, took the Compound Team Award. Steve Gamble won The Senior Longbow award and Dave Seymour was second.

The following week-end we hosted the 66th Sheriff of Nottingham’s Golden Arrow Tournament on the Saturday. After a very wet morning for setting up the field, when the working party were soaked to the skin, the archers had a fine afternoon and all went well. Arthur Willians was our only winner, taking the Bath and West Horn Handicap award.

Then on the Sunday, Club Secretary, Susan Stankovic carried on to organise the 58th Oregon Challenge , a postal match against the archers of Sherwood,Oregon.This was combined with the next round of the Summer League, and the Notts/Lincs Challenge Match – a huge event attended by 152 archers, with 39 target across the full width of our field.John Watts,Lee Waterfield and Jon McLaughlin all gained places in the Notts Oregon team,and now we wait for results from America.

The Notts/Lincs Challenge match saw a win for the Notts Seniors, but the Junior team lost. Martyn Smith,Steve Gamble and Dave Seymour shot for the Seniors and Charlotte and George Smith and Ashley Buckland shot for the Juniors. On the third week-end we welcomed 94 archers from across the region, to the East Midlands Archery Society’s Senior and Junior Championships, this time,organised by Committee member David Salmon. Another warm,sunny day, and four club members were successful: Steve Gamble won the Gents Longbow, with David Seymour third; Ashley Buckland was second Junior Lady Compound, and Lee Waterfield claimed a six-gold end and a Rose Award for a score over 1000.

The last Sunday in the month saw our Day Of National Rounds, when 44 archers,mostly from local clubs,shot at distances form 15 yards up to 80 yards.This time cloudy and cool, with a troublesome wind for the morning session,but an enjoyable shoot all the same.Mike Webster, Arthur Williams, David Salmon, Jenny Place Maria Hart Alex Hawley and Alexander Lamb all won presentation glasses or gold medals.

Away from the field we attended the Family Fun Day on the Burgage,and were able to introduce over a hundred people to the joys of our sport.Perhaps we shall meet some of them again at one of our Beginners’Courses! Finally,in a 2-day competition at Lincoln,David Seymour was 1st Longbow, Simon Frogatt was 2nd Compound and Ashley Buckland shot over 1200 for the first time in the Cadet class Well done, everyone.